If you’ve never tried strength training because you feared you’d turn into the Incredible Hulk and green just wasn’t your color, don’t worry. Women don’t bulk up like men, but build lean muscle mass. There are definitely a lot of reasons women should make strength training a top priority, whether they live in Commack or any where else. Unlike years ago where yoga was considered a “woman’s exercise” and weights were “meant for men,” today we know that everyone benefits from both types of exercises.
You’ll shed pounds faster when you workout with weights.
There’s a lot of ways to do strength training. Whether you’re lifting weights, using kettlebells or tugging at resistance bands, they all work to help build muscle tissue. Strength training also burns calories and some strength training, such as kettlebells, are extremely efficient at it, burning more calories in an hour than almost any other exercise. Not only does strength training burn a large number of calories, it also helps shed pounds in other ways. It builds muscle tissue. Muscle tissue requires more calories for maintenance so the more you have the more you burn 24/7.
Improve bone health and stop bone loss.
You won’t suffer from any side effects, except a healthier body, when you use strength training to improve bone density. It stresses the bones so the body sends repair materials that increases the density and helps reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Several studies found that exercise has the potential to not only stop osteoporosis, but also to increase bone density. One study showed that it worked better than some of the medicine used for osteoporosis.
Get curvier and sexier looking.
You’ll firm up your backside and add a shapely contour to your arms and legs when you workout. While looking great may not seem like a health benefit, it really is. The better you feel about yourself, the less prone you are to depression and isolation. Both of these can shorten your life and affect your health.
- Boost your immune system with strength training. Exercise causes the body to have free radicals. It also signals the brain to create more antioxidants that boost the immune system, which continues even after you’ve quit exercising.
- You’ll protect yourself from injury with strength training. It improves muscles, balance and flexibility, besides just strength and can reduce the risk of falls and other injuries.
- Lower the risk of chronic diseases and conditions or help improve them. Heart disease, diabetes, back pain, arthritis and many other chronic conditions respond well to a program of strength training.
- Boost your thinking powers when you workout with weights. It increases circulation and can help improve memory, while also creating new neural pathways in the brain.